MPH Elective Course Option: Environmental and Occupational Health


MPH@GW’s environmental and occupational health elective courses are designed for students committed to protecting public health by making workplaces and communities safe, enabling individuals to thrive in their environment.

Professionals in environmental and occupational health can pursue careers that involve risk science, environmental sustainability, infectious disease, occupational health and community dimensions.

Elective Courses

With MPH@GW, you will complete 9 to 11 elective credits. Interested in environmental and occupational health? Consider choosing the following elective courses to match your interests:

  • Global Environmental and Occupational Health (2 credits)
  • Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs (2 credits)
  • Social Change and Climate Change (3 credits)
  • Researching Climate Change and Public Health (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3 credits)

What Can I Do With Environmental and Occupational Health?

With climate change, industrialization, insufficient water resources and expanding populations affecting communities around the world, public health professionals are needed to address and mitigate these environmental issues.

Environmental and occupational health professionals may be interested in the following fields:

  • Environmental Sustainability: Promote analysis needed to ensure healthy water, food, air, consumer products and home environments, as well as understand the effects of environmental contamination and climate disruption on health worldwide.
  • Infectious Diseases: Reduce the spread of disease and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by improving food and sanitation systems.
  • Occupational Health: Focus on the health and safety of workers across the country and around the world, while emphasizing vulnerable workers in the auto, construction and food production industries.
  • Risk Science and Policy: Promote better public health choices by improving methods for translating scientific discoveries and using science in policy decisions.
  • Social and Community Dimensions: Study the relationships between communities and environments in order to discover social factors that contribute to better quality of life and overall health.

Career Outlook

The demand for professionals specializing in environmental health is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 20261, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Milken Institute School of Public Health graduates have pursued careers in various employment sectors and organizations including:

  • Consulting and research organizations
  • Federal regulatory agencies
  • Health care, pharmaceutical and private sector organizations
  • Intergovernmental, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations
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